It was with regret that the food producer announced on Friday that Tyson Foods prepares to shut down two food plants. The decision follows a year of low stock prices of $37.10 and a decreasing interest in airplane food after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Tyson Foods is an Arkansas-based corporation that began its activity in 1935. The company is the second producer of meat-based products in the world and has made a reputation after providing meals to the main U.S. airlines.
On Friday, the company announced that they are preparing to close two of their plants because their maintenance is simply not cost-efficient. The two locations are in Chicago and Jefferson County, Wisconsin, according to the company’s official announcement.
As expected, the news caused a lot of hype among Tyson’s employees as more than 880 workers will lose their jobs in the near or distant future. The company has reassured workers that the shutting down of the two food plants will not take place sooner than the second quarter of 2016, but it was still necessary for them to make this announcement.
In spite of their reassurances, it is still saddening that the company chose to reveal this message just a week before Thanksgiving and the Holiday season. According to company’s reps, it was impossible for them to delay the message any further. Moreover, it could be useful for workers to know what options they have in due time.
Donny King from Tyson Foods has explained that choosing to shut down the plants was not their main option. On the contrary, they have taken all possibilities into consideration, but, unfortunately, this has been the only possible solution.
King acknowledged the fact that the company’s decision will affect the lives of workers and their families, but there is also a good part in all this. People in other regions of the United States will find jobs within the newly opened plants and customers will get access to more modern and efficient locations.
Tyson Food has been through similar changes in the past. The company was first specialized in the production of meals for U.S. airlines, but they have gradually shifted their interest towards meat-based products. Speaking of their past changes, the company has stated that the rules have changed and airlines are no longer interested in offering food to their passengers.
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